Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.
1 Peter 4:12 NLT

In any transition, I can embrace a change and make necessary choices. However, I will still face challenges. Initially I focus upon the opportunity, not the problem. The mind is not most often defeated by the realities of life, but by the negative mindset that problems create. In any challenge I fight for a mindset that sees the positives. This involves imagining what success might look and feel like. Then I bite off what I can swallow. This is something I can see is achievable.

Every challenge wants to make me feel as though I haven’t the capacity to overcome it, to focus on my incapacity. But no mountain would be conquered or plane fly in the sky if humanity were defined by their perception of reality. The challenge is real, yet so am I. With the help of Almighty God, I can rise to each challenge and overcome. I would rather fail fighting than surrender.

We all know the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This is the Christian walk. It is not one giant stride, but a series of small but consistent steps. With these we can press through every challenge always knowing God.

Challenges come in a variety of forms. They may be external, something you’d seek to avoid, or internal, such as an unwelcome diagnosis. The battle begins within your mind, and with your perception of the reality of the challenge you are presented with. You haven’t to overcome it in one go. You are invited to approach it one step at a time, knowing that Christ in you is the hope of glory.


What does success look like in the challenge you are currently facing?


Thank you that whatever fiery challenge I may face on this earth, you are with me to comfort, guide and accompany me through.